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Celebrating 20 Years of Critical Support for Cancer Care and Research

02/29/2016

The Cam Neely Foundation’s generosity has had a profound impact on the care and experience of tens of thousands of Tufts MC cancer patients.

Over the past two decades, The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015, has had a transcendent impact on the delivery of cancer care at Tufts Medical Center; 100 percent of the The Cam Neely Foundation’s charitable contributions—nearly $30 million in total donations since the Foundation’s inception—have benefitted Tufts MC and the treatment, research and emotional support of its cancer patients.

“The impact that Cam Neely has had on Tufts Medical Center is immense,” said President and CEO Michael Wagner, MD. “He has constantly and consistently supported our patients, our clinicians, our researchers and the larger cancer community. When you walk around Tufts MC, you see so many places he has touched with his philanthropy and his heart. We are a better Medical Center because of the generosity of The Cam Neely Foundation and all those behind it. It is wonderful to celebrate its 20 years of miracles.”

The Perfect Partnership

When NHL Hall of Famer and Boston Bruins President Cam Neely established The Cam Neely Foundation in 1995, he had a clear vision of the type of hospital beneficiary with which he wanted to partner.

Neely’s parents, Michael and Marlene, passed away from brain cancer and colon cancer, respectively, and Neely wanted to honor their memory by helping other patients and families going through similar difficult experiences. Neely researched and visited a number of Boston hospitals, but ultimately was drawn to the warm culture at Tufts Medical Center, its can-do attitude and the ample opportunities to make a true difference in the lives of cancer patients.

“We are blessed to have been able to help so many people, from The Neely House to the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and everything in between, at both Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children,” said Neely. “As a Foundation, we look forward to continuing to provide comfort, support and hope to cancer patients and their families.” 

The Neely House

The Cam Neely Foundation is comprised of The Neely House and The Neely Cancer Fund. Since 1997, more than 6,500 Tufts MC cancer patients and their families have taken up short- or long-term residence at The Neely House on Farnsworth 5 while undergoing treatment at Tufts MC. The only on-site hospital hotel of its kind in Boston, The Neely House has 16 rooms (including two shared kitchens and two shared living rooms) that can be rented for a nominal cost, which The Cam Neely Foundation covers in full in cases of financial hardship. Tufts MC patients receiving treatment for a current cancer diagnosis, and their families, can stay at The Neely House for as long as is needed. In addition, The Neely Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit on Floating 6 includes a “mini Neely House,” with three apartments within the unit. Just steps from the pediatric patient rooms, families of inpatients are welcome to stay, free of charge.

“The Neely House is a place where cancer patients and families can feel removed from the hospital environment but still be close to their ongoing treatments,” said Director of Operations & Events for The Cam Neely Foundation Danielle LaVoie. “The environment promotes peace and calm while offering convenience and affordability, so patients and families have fewer things to worry about and can direct their full focus toward getting well.”

The Neely Cancer Fund

The Neely Cancer Fund supports opportunities to improve the lives of pediatric and adult cancer patients, through treatment, medical research and renovations of clinics and other cancer-related paces.

“The Cam Neely Foundation’s support has been the cornerstone of our clinical cancer research program,” said Chief Scientific Officer Richard Karas, MD, PhD. “The Foundation’s generosity has allowed us to offer potentially life-saving, cutting-edge treatments to hundreds, if not thousands, of patients over the past 20 years.”

“For two decades, no entity has made a bigger impact on cancer care delivery at Tufts MC than The Cam Neely Foundation,” said Medical Director of The Tufts Cancer Center Jack Erban, MD. “Every project has been a remarkable success. The Neely brand of cancer care has been nothing short of exceptional, bringing the best possible cancer services and research opportunities to Tufts MC patients.”

In all, The Cam Neely Foundation has supported the creation and/or renovation of eight areas across the Medical Center, including The Neely Center for Clinical Cancer Research, The Neely Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, The Michael Neely Neuroscience Center and the most recent project, The Marlene Neely Endoscopy Suite, which is currently under construction. 

The Marlene Neely Endoscopy Suite

With the goal of making a state-of-the-art space that is calming and inviting for patients and caters to the needs of clinical staff, The Cam Neely Foundation pledged $1.5 million toward the creation of The Marlene Neely Endoscopy Suite on Proger 3. The Endoscopy Suite has been specially designed to reflect Marlene Neely’s love of Hawaii, with stone and frosted glass creating a comforting and peaceful environment for patients and families. After a lengthy process to secure Department of Public Health approval for the renovation, construction is now underway, with an anticipated completion before the end of 2017.

“The faculty in the Division of Gastroenterology and our patients are eternally grateful to The Cam Neely Foundation for its generous support in helping us modernize and update our entire Digestive Disease Center,” said Chief of Gastroenterology/Hepatology Joel Weinstock, MD. “This renovation and creation of The Marlene Neely Endoscopy Suite assures that our patients will receive the best conceivable care in a technologically advanced facility. The Cam Neely Foundation continues to make a real difference in health care, every day and in every way.”